Pink taxis in Mexico.
Separate toilets on Japanese airplanes. Pink striped subway cars
in Rio. Must a woman sit in the back of the bus or should she go
to the front? Know-before-you-go what women can expect from 'transportation'
around the world. If you have further female-centered transportation
facts from cities you've visited, please send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
True to Journeywoman style we'll be very happy to add it to this
listing. Thanks everybody!
Every subway stop has a well-lit designated waiting area (DWA)
where females can wait for the train. This DWA is monitored
from the ticket collector's booth by closed circuit TV and
a voice intercom system. The guard's car on each train stops
right at the DWA so that female passengers can always have
a Toronto Transit Commission employee riding with them and
keeping an eye on things.
Women getting on to buses are asked to enter by the rear entrance
and sit in a small segregated area at the back. Men sit in
the front. However, according to reports that Journeywoman
has read, 'Due to regular complaints of sexual harassment
on public transportation', 11-seater mini vans driven by women
for women have now been introduced to make life on the road
just a bit easier for females living in Iran.
According to china.org.cn, 'Beijing authorities launched "Seat-giving
Day" to encourage people on public transport to give
up their seats to those in greater need, in their bid to improve
civic-consciousness ahead of the Olympics. The city named
the 22nd of every month as the day for commuters to give way
to the aged, pregnant women, children, and the disabled on
public transport.' We doubt that that generous idea continued
after the Olympics. There are just too many people in Beijing
and they operate on the credo, 'survival of the fittest'.
out for Chinese grannies. They've been forced to develop very
sharp elbows for getting on to buses.
Rio De Janeiro,
Special pink-striped subway cars have been set aside for women
only. Opponents to this concept ask, 'Why oh why won't men
behave and then we won't need pink cars to escape to?'
Protestors continue to demonstrate against gender-segregated
buses on some routes in Jerusalem. For religious reasons,
the ultra-orthodox community has fought for the right to sit
separately from women. Of course that segregation means women
in the back, men in the front of the bus. Israeli women are
not accepting this ruling and are fighting back for their
rights. Watch out fellas, every Israel woman has had military
To counteract groping by males who've had more than their
share of alcohol, all commuter rail and subway companies in
Tokyo and Osaka, Japan's two biggest cities, run women-only
cars. Female-only policy varies from company to company; some
are effective during rush hour, others throughout the day,
while some limit women-only cars to rapid service trains,
as they tend to be more crowded and have relatively longer
distances between stops. But in general, the policy is effective
only on weekdays, excluding holidays. Platforms and train
doors are marked with signs indicating boarding areas for
the cars, and the days and times when the cars are women-only.
Also, most train operators in Japan allow male elementary
school pupils, disabled persons, and their assistants to board
women-only cars (Wikipedia).
Bus companies are experimenting with hiring female bus drivers
and are seeing that there appears to be less rowdiness on
these drivers' routes. Transport London is running the following
content targeting women on their website. "Modern buses
are no more physically demanding than cars. So gone are the
days when you had to be the world's strongest man to drive
one. Or a man at all, for that matter. The fact is that anyone
with a full car driving licence can make a great bus driver.
And great bus drivers can make up to £500 a week. Join
the Women into the Bus Industry program now.'
The first car of every subway train is reserved for women
and children. Egyptian women lobbied for these cars, they
won and now protect their right to ride in them. Pity the
men that try to get on to these cars. He
will be fined and will have to protect himself from a crowd
of angry female subway riders. P.S.
City buses in Cairo once reserved their front seats for women
but there is such overcrowding that that rule now goes unheeded.
Today, Egyptian men are quick to sit in those seats without
According to M&G News, in Cairo, City Cab that runs a
fleet of cabs has launched a division of 'pink taxis for women'
but they are not allowed to be pink. They must be yellow like
all the other Cairo cabs. 'Cairo's governor will reconsider
the firm's request to paint the cars a distinguishing shade
'Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, has endorsed
the concept of women-driven taxis, provided they serve only
female clientele. In a fatwa it urged authorities to pass
legislation to ensure the safety of women who work in this
This is another place that has instituted 'Pink Taxis' for
women. In a video interview one driver describes how she wears
light make-up, a pink identifying scarf, a bit of perfume
and a pink flower in her hair. It's interesting to hear how
both men and women react to these pink taxis, their drivers,
and the woman-only concept in general. Video: http://ht.ly/2eUOb
A fleet of 35 pink taxis are driven by women exclusively for
women. Each four-door vehicle is equipped with a GPS system
and an alarm button. Supposedly the cabs cater especially
to those female passengers who are tired of leering male drivers
and who worry about their personal safety. Critics wonder
why each cab is equipped with a beauty kit. Journeywoman feels
the same way. We're all for woman's safety but 'the beauty
kit' stereotyping = silly!
Good news to combat all the 'Eve teasing' (public sexual harassment)
in this country. The Minister of Railways is a woman. Her
name is Mamata Banerjee and she is now responsible for women-only
commuter trains in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Calcutta.
Even the vendors in these cars must be women and the passengers
love this time alone to comb and braid their long hair, have
a quiet moment (read the newspaper) or just visit with friends.
P.S. A female
reporter on one of these trains wrote, 'The men are not happy.
Its unfair, they say. These ladies trains go empty. The men
felt that what was needed was more trains for them'.
All Nippon Airways
Seat up, seat down? Starting this month, female passengers
on Japan’s All Nippon Airways will have a toilet dedicated
only to women on most international routes. The female only
toilet will be located in the rear of planes (oh, oh delegated
to the back again) and will be available to all female travelers
regardless of whether they're travelling in economy or first
class. The decision to offer women-only lavatories was the
result of a ’07 online survey in which 90 percent of
the responding women said that the option of having a female-only
toilet really appealed to them. All Journeywoman can think
of is ... Can you imagine the line-ups?
take trains in India...
video is definitely worth a 1000 words. Check out this YouTube
piece and witness what women in India's workplace have to
go through to get to their job.
to the size of crowds on subway platforms in most Western
cities and we, women will never complain again. Link: http://tinyurl.com/ybqa8v4